What's On Tap at the Brickskeller
Last night, I took a trip to the Brickskeller to check out the new draft beer selection.
Yes, the Brickskeller, where the enormous selection of 1,000 different bottled beers (give or take) earned the Dupont Circle saloon a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records as the bar with "the largest selection of commercially available beers."
Until recently, though, the Brick eschewed draft beer, offering one or two selections on weekends along with a cask of real ale, and sending the best kegs over to sister bar R.F.D., which sells 30 to 40 drafts (the city's largest selection). But a recent makeover allowed owners Dave and Diane Alexander to add more lines -- a total of 11 in all -- and they decided to make the most of them.
Physically, not much has changed -- the bar's the same size, but there are now more gleaming taps mounted on top. Four of them weren't working when I stopped in, though Dave expects to have them up and running on Friday. What they did have was excellent -- malty Double Diamond Pub Ale, an English brew I'd never seen on draft in this area; Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, which isn't as dense as Guinness but just as drinkable, thanks to a roasted chocolate taste, but it's rarely found in Washington in bottles, let alone flowing from a tap.
Magic Hat #9, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Ayinger Celebrator, Gouden Carolus Triple, and Lindemans Framboise -- a raspberry Lambic beer -- complete the lineup.
Dave says that they'll be putting more cask-conditioned real ales on, too. First up: a cask of George Gales Festival Mild, a truly wonderful English ale.
At the moment, the Brickskeller's upstairs bar is open Wednesday through Saturday, with Tuesday hours to be added soon.
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